We’re back with our February Newsletter!
- Hello fellow clients and visitors! We have some great information on Data Breach this month and you are going to want to learn about it with all of the cyber hacking going on. Target and Neiman Marcus weren’t even safe! Learn what you will have to do to be safe from identity theft or hackings!
- Also, don’t forget that the Windows XP Operating System is going to expire in April!
- And I’ll take you behind the scenes of our video newsletters coming out next month!
Healthcare IT Solutinos – Prevent Data Breach
It’s all over the news! Data Breach at Target! Several Credit Card Numbers Stolen! How can anybody be safe anymore? Target says an intruder stole a vendor’s credentials and used those credentials to get into the system. The crooks stole credit card information from over 110 million customers.
Many of our clients are with us for Healthcare IT Solutions and handle sensitive client information on a day to day basis. In dealing with our client systems, we’ve seen some pretty scary stuff. (Don’t worry, we won’t name drop you!) But, here are a couple of tips that can keep you safer than normal:
- Use a complex password. This is a potential problem we see every single day. ‘Password1′ and ’1234′ are not very secure passwords and any disgruntled employee or cyber hacker can easily get past the log in screen. A complex password is at least 8 characters long with capital letters, lower case letters, a number, and a special character like ‘#’ or ‘@.’
- Be wary of the internet. Stay away from links and banners that seem just too good to be true. The term ‘Free’ might seem like a good idea, but then again, everything has its price. Avoid giving out personal information in non-secure sights. Make sure the sight has an SSL certificate. It should look something like this at the top of the web browser:
- Avoid fishy emails. It is very dangerous to open emails from someone you don’t know, especially ones with attachments. Just the other day we had a client who received an email from a funeral service that said ‘click here to view your invitation.’ She recently had a friend who died, so she decided to click on it. Five seconds later, she had a virus!
Expiring Windows XP
Don’t Hesitate! It’s Already Too Late!
On April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003! Historically, it has been proven that deployment of new upgrades to your business machines could take as much as 32 months to complete, depending on the size of your company. So, if you have an XP machine, it is time to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.
What does this mean?
According to Micorosoft, This means after April 8th, 2014 there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. If you let your employees and customers use their Windows XP machine after this date, you could be exposing you, your business, and your customers to Security & Compliance Risks and lack of support from independent software vendors. Call your Phoenix IT Support for more information.
How Do You Upgrade?
Don’t worry. You have many options when it comes to upgrading your operating system to Windows 7 or 8. You can upgrade your current PC to Windows 7 or 8 if it meets the requirements to run the system. Download a free Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft to check your current system. If your current PC cannot support Windows 7 or 8, then it is time for a new PC. New PCs almost always come with Windows 7 or 8 already pre-installed on it. Call your Phoenix IT Support, MMA Systems, to begin your smooth migration to Windows 7 or 8.